Allen Johnson’s op-ed in the July 5 Herald represents a new low in the 30-year battle to retain the trademarked “R-cloud” as the official logo of Richland High School.
His shoddy, cherry-picked, historical references to mushroom-cloud images are bad enough, but his despicable attempt to hang the guilt trip of 500,000-plus Japanese deaths (most of which were non-atomic bomb caused and almost all were military and mobilized civilians) around the necks of the thousands of students who are attending and have attended Columbia High/Richland High School since Oct. 12, 1945, is unbelievable!
The school should demand an apology to said students since they have approved essentially all images going back to, and including, the mascot change from Beavers to Bombers on a pep assembly vote. The ’45-’46 Columbian yearbook foreword states, “…we have carried the ‘atomic bomb’ theme through the annual … to symbolize the world history … in which we and our parents have had a part.”
The kids have endured 30 years of misinformation and intimidation from a small cabal of their own teachers to revise history, when they just wanted to honor their ancestors. The students can take pride that the bombs saved Japan from self-extinction in an invasion.
Burt Pierard, Col-Hi Grad '59